OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) – Great vibes and great coffee. This is the recipe for success for a Metro cafÃ©.
But it’s the coffee thefts at Zen Coffee Company that really get the business off the ground.
Coffee is Abby McLeay’s passion.
“I love it. I drink it all day, it never stops,” McLeay laughed.
Four months ago, she opened her second cafÃ©.
The name? Something she admits she needed more of.
âIt was a bit like me and the corporate world. I just needed a moment of zen,â McLeay recalls.
She found it with Zen Coffee Company.
Zen is everywhere, from furniture and fresh flowers to its relaxed customers.
âThey’ll all be sitting there drinking coffee, reading the paper, talking about things. It’s so cool to see everyone getting together, it’s very zen,â she said with a smile.
His coffee is too.
âIf I had to choose anything from our menu it would be the Honey Bee which is the raw honey cinnamon latte. We get our honey from All About Bees. I use the local raw and thick honey. amazing, âMcLeay said.
There are so many fun and unique flavors to choose from, she wanted to make it easier for her customers.
She started by creating double cups.
âThey’re basically two little frozen drinks in a heart-shaped one,â McLeay explained.
Then she introduced the coffee thefts.
âIt exploded,â she said.
Business has not been the same.
âI really knew it was cool. But I didn’t expect so many people. We had lines going all around the store,â she explained.
Customers taste four eight-ounce drinks for $ 20.
âEach one comes with kicks and a half,â she added.
âWe have over 30 options on our menu, so you can really do it all,â McLeay said.
âPeople always say I don’t know if I should try a lemonade. Should I make a coffee? I want to try this. It’s perfect for a place like this,â she added.
If you want to try one of the coffee flights, remember that everyone does too. They are so popular that if you want to taste on a weekend you have to make a reservation.
Zach Terrill did it.
âI walked in and had some coffee one day and saw them (the coffee robberies) on the counter. I was like wow, that looks awesome! So we came last Saturday and chose some flavors, âTerrill shared.
It was so good that he asks for more.
âThe Pistachio Mocha was the one I love,â Terrill said.
He’s also Erin Vildak’s new favorite.
âI come every week and I get it because I can’t help but think about it,â Vildak said with a laugh. “It’s delicious. It’s not overbearing or sweet. It’s refreshing and I even think about it sometimes when I get home from work, when I come back to get it for dinner.”
McLeay credits their staff for keeping the flavors fresh.
âI love the enthusiasm and the fact that they’re a part of it,â McLeay said.
Part of the coffee success she’s never seen brewed.
âIt makes me really emotionalâ¦ where I started now. It’s incredible growth. It’s pretty important to be where I am now,â McLeay said in tears.
McLeay is now considering opening a third location in the metro. She has a recommendation if you visit Zen Coffee: try the lemonade. In fact, she plans to start lemonade flights in the very near future.
As of now, there are two locations of Zen Coffee Company: The original location is downtown near 25th and Farnam. The new location is at Tiffany Plaza, near 132nd and downtown.
To see the full menu, go to their website.
You can also find the phone numbers to call to make your weekend flight reservations.
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